What is the pupil premium?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium (PP), which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their more advantaged peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most. For every child eligible for a FSM, the school receives additional money to spend on initiatives aimed at ‘closing the educational gap’ between children from poor and those from more-wealthy backgrounds. In most cases, the PP is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the PP is spent, since we are best placed to put into place the additional provision our students require to accelerate their educational progress.
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent. At Holloway School we pride ourselves on utilising the Pupil Premium to support our students with a specific focus on Literacy and Numeracy, Year 6 to 7 Transition, school trips to support the curriculum, additional curriculum resources, attendance, behavioural support and maximising the life opportunities for all students.
Why is there a pupil premium?
Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. The aim of the funding is to support raising the attainment of disadvantaged students and closing the gap with their peers.
How many pupils at Holloway School are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
73% of students at Holloway School are eligible for the Pupil Premium
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At Holloway School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
BARRIERS TO FUTURE ATTAINMENT
IN SCHOOL BARRIERS
A. Levels of literacy on entry are low, especially for reading and writing which prevents students from making good progress in KS3
B. Levels of maths mental arithmetic skills on entry in Y7 are lower for pupil premium students than for other pupils, which reduce progress in maths in Y7
D. A high prevalence of social and emotional problems which produces barriers to progress and need to be overcome
D. Lower levels of engagement with homework outside of school
E. Parental barriers to reading, literacy and numeracy to support their child
G. Higher than national average level of safeguarding, SEN, and EAL. PP students are significantly below national expectations on entry to the school.